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If you support our community and developers, stop encouraging YouTubers by watching their videos, they are destorying our hard work!

We regret to inform you that the TV Time addon has now been voluntarily taken offline due to the misguided actions of certain YouTubers. In case you never had the chance to use TV Time, it was literally the best live television streaming add-on that our community has ever seen, it gave reliable high quality access to all the major American television networks, until we were forced to shut it down that is.

What happened to TV Time is not only a problem for TV Time, it is a problem that plagues our community and threatens to destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to create. Basically what happened is that we released the TV Time add-on, people loved it, but then some YouTubers decided to bring negative attention to it by making videos, and even worse, they revealed the source of the content. Once they let the cat out of the bag and revealed the source of TV Time’s content, the developer of the addon had no choice but to close it for good.

We don’t deny that these YouTube videos may be useful to some, but they are doing way more harm than good. Anything that is explained in a YouTube video was already put into a guide on our web site long before. Bringing attention to our add-ons on a mainstream site like YouTube (which is owned by a major American media corporation) is just asking for trouble.

Kodi is being given a bad name and our addons are being killed by YouTubers who feel the need to publicize it over the wrong mediums. It is one thing for someone to visit our offshore-hosted web site and slowly discover Kodi and our unofficial addons, but it is a whole other thing to upload a video to one of the biggest web sites in the world, promoting Kodi as something it is not.

If you look through our site, we explain how to install Kodi, how to install add-ons, but we don’t go through and tell you specifically what you can watch through these add-ons and how they work. Some things are better left unsaid, if it works it works, there’s no reason to start making YouTube videos about it and bring unwanted attention. It is the kind of attention that YouTubers are bringing that causes sites to change their code in order break our add-ons, and even worse, could potentially bring legal heat in the future.

As for the open source Kodi media player itself, these YouTubers are making it seem like Kodi was made specifically for use with addons, which it was not. They are giving Kodi a bad name and are infuriating the official development team as a result. Next time think twice about sharing the link to a Kodi-related YouTube video and remember that the majority of these YouTubers are simply profiteers, and not friends of our community.

Source: YouTubers Killed TV Time (and Are Slowly Killing Kodi Too)

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Why Is Stan Lee’s Legacy in Question?

Posted February 24, 2016 By rariccardi

Illustration by Kelsey Dake

It’s the 93-year-old comic-book god’s universe.

People are almost always surprised when I tell them Stan Lee is 93. He doesn’t scan as a young man, exactly, but frozen in time a couple of decades younger than he is, embodying still the larger-than-life image he crafted for himself in the 1970s — silver hair, tinted shades, caterpillar mustache, jubilant grin, bouncing gait, antiquated Noo Yawk brogue. We envision him spreading his arms wide while describing the magic of superhero fiction, or giving a thumbs up while yelling his trademark non sequitur, Excelsior! He’s pop culture’s perpetually energetic 70-something grandpa, popping in for goofy cameos in movies about the Marvel Comics characters he co-created (well, he’s often just said “created,” but we’ll get to that in a minute) in the 1960s. But even then, he was old enough to be his fans’ father — not a teenage boy-genius reimagining the comics world to suit the tastes of his peers but already a middle-aged man, and one who still looked down a bit on the form he was reinventing.
And yet, Lee has no superhuman resistance to the aging process. “My eyesight has gotten terrible and I can’t read comic books anymore,” he recently told Britain’s Radio Times in a rare moment of departure from his usual cheerful, product-promoting talking points. “Not only a comic book, but I can’t read the newspaper or a novel or anything,” he said. “I miss reading 100 percent. It’s my biggest miss in the world. … It’s awful to feel a thousand years old.”

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Industry experts say, however, that studios don’t need to get permission from companies to feature products in their movies. And usually, that’s fine with brands who are hungry to get their products on the silver screen.But Stoli’s U.S. distributor echoed Budweiser’s concerns, saying in a statement that the company is all about marketing responsibly.“Considering the subject matter of this film, it is not something in which we would have participated,” said a spokesman.Legally speaking, there isn’t much recourse for Budweiser and other companies. Trademark laws don’t allow companies to try and control or restrict which real-world products appear in movies as part of the everyday scenery.To the point of moviemaking magic, it’s much more real to have a character guzzling a Bud than drinking a brand called Tasty Beer or Awesome Ale, or some other clearly made-up product. But remember, everyone: Movies aren’t real life, so even if Denzel drinks and drives, you should not.

via Budweiser Would Rather Denzel Washington Not Drink Its Beer While Driving In The Movies – The Consumerist.

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Butterflies waft across a beautiful field of spring flowers. A delightful young family bicycles joyously down a country lane. A couple on a park bench leans sensually into each other. A 40-something woman’s face radiates with both perfect beauty and internal happiness. “All’s right with the world,” is the message… as long as you’ve taken your dosages of Lunesta, Celebrex, Cialis, and Botox.

Welcome to medicated America, where the fix for every problem–from incontinence to erectile dysfunction, stiff joints to mood swings, weight gain to wrinkles– is just a prescription away. Thus the beautiful images, stirring music, attractive actors, and soothing words in the omnipresent, multibillion-dollar kaleidoscope of drug advertising by Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and other giants of Big Pharma–all pitching their particular brand-name nostrum directly at us hoi polloi (the industry spends a fourth of its income on ads and other promotions, nearly double its expenditures on research and development). The corporate come-ons typically conclude with a phrase that has achieved cliche status in America’s vernacular: “Ask your doctor if ‘Suprema Wundercure’ is right for you.”

Ask Your Doctor if This Big Pharma Scam Is Right for You: The Dangers of a Drugged Up America | Personal Health | Digg Politics.

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YouTube – Harlan Ellison — Pay the Writer

Posted February 26, 2011 By rariccardi

YouTube – Harlan Ellison — Pay the Writer.

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Pez Sues Museum of Pez for Snowman

Posted July 7, 2009 By rariccardi

From the great writers over at Media Bistro.
Here is a weird little story out of San Jose, California, where the UPI reports on Pez candy company filing a lawsuit against the Museum of Pez Memorabilia for their building of a nearly eight foot tall Pez dispenser (which they constructed back in 2007 and won them the Guinness World Record for “world’s largest candy dispenser”). Pez is apparently very unhappy with the large recreation of their product and has gone after the museum with a trademark infringement suit, asking that the giant snowman be destroyed. Because, after all, we all know that there’s nothing worse than having your product celebrated and enjoyed. For shame, small museum. Here’s a video about the horrible, horrible snowman:

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